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Study could shed light on harmful bacteria that share antibiotic resistance genes — ScienceDaily

Bacteria may travel thousands of miles through the air worldwide instead of hitching rides with people and animals, according to Rutgers and other scientists. Their “air bridge” hypothesis could shed light on how harmful bacteria share antibiotic resistance genes. “Our research suggests that there must be a planet-wide mechanism that ensures the exchange of bacteria […]

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Air quality agencies can breathe easier about current emissions regulations — ScienceDaily

As air quality improves, the invisible chemistry happening in the air around us is changing. Skies should clear up as emissions drop, but recent results suggested that declining nitrogen oxides can create an environment where airborne carbon-containing compounds more easily convert into small particles that harm human health. Regulators can now breathe easier. A University […]

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Rep. Devin Nunes sues Twitter, others for $250 million

Washington — Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the controversial, arch-conservative former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is suing Twitter and several of its users for more than $250 million, accusing them of defamation and negligence. The defendants include two anonymous parody accounts, “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” and Liz Mair, a […]

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Turning ammonia into harmless substances using gold nanoparticles on a metal oxide framework — ScienceDaily

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have shown that a newly engineered catalyst made of gold nanoparticles supported on a metal oxide framework shows breakdown of ammonia impurities in air, with excellent selectivity for conversion to nitrogen gas. Importantly, it is effective at room temperature, making it suitable for everyday air purification systems. The team successfully […]

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Social Security disability benefits: Your Facebook, Instagram posts could affect your Social Security disability claim

The Social Security Administration may start screening your Facebook and Instagram posts to evaluate your disability claim Currently, the federal agency uses them to investigate fraud cases, but it’s planning to expand that usage Social media is considered a poor measure of a person’s life, so the practice raises data privacy questions Careful what you […]

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